Two bags of books went to my mother’s house yesterday: some of the books she’ll keep, and the rest will be taken to the jury room. [She doesn’t like genre romance, but she’ll try the mysteries and loves English village sagas.] Apparently many potential jurors arrive for jury duty without reading material or anything to keep themselves occupied during the monotonous wait to be called. I’ve donated maybe 100 books in the last couple of months; they all disappear pretty quickly, Mom says.
Three of the books in this bundle were Nora Roberts’ romantic suspense releases in hardback. Mom took a look at them and said, “Oh, Harold will like those.” And then she paused, and said, “Oh. No.” Because Harold, step-dad’s BFF, died in February after being diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was in his 70s, a retired electrician who gardened and carpentered for fun, and he fished and crabbed religiously. I would never in a million years have guessed that he was a Nora Roberts fan, but apparently he loved her books. I never knew that. I wish I had.